London Fashion Week pins hopes on emerging talent to boost luxury growth

Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:25am EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's emerging young talent kicked off London Fashion Week on Friday, showcasing the city's reputation for innovation, amid fears that growth in the global luxury market is slowing.

Draped silk dresses with abstract floral prints in cream, blue, orange and lime green were paired with sharp collars, capes and pleated detailing at J.JS Lee's opening show, inspired by a sculpture series by her friend, Korean artist Meekyoung Shin.

Turkish designer Bora Aksu dressed his models in transparent organza-layered dresses mixed with cotton, lace and crochets in peach, blue and violet.

More than 170 designers are taking part in London Fashion Week, which attracts more than 100 million pounds ($160 million) in orders each season, according to the British Fashion Council (BFC).

More than 5,000 buyers, journalists and bloggers come to see Britain's leading talents such as Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch and Burberry's Christopher Bailey showcase their creations alongside emerging talents such as Simone Rocha and Thomas Tait.

"London Fashion Week is adored by buyers and press for its international reputation as the most innovative and experimental fashion capital," said Helen David, Fashion Director at luxury department store Harrods.

"We have watched many home-grown emerging talents such as Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic develop and evolve ... becoming international fashion brands in their own right."

Since the start of 2013, Kane has signed for the luxury conglomerate Kering and the J.W. Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood labels have signed up with LVMH.   Continued...

Models present creations from the Eudon Choi Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth